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SPOTLIGHT: South Carolina Aquarium

Staff Report //March 13, 2020//

SPOTLIGHT: South Carolina Aquarium

Staff Report //March 13, 2020//

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Mission Statement:

To inspire conservation of the natural world by exhibiting and caring for animals, by excelling in education and research and by providing an exceptional visitor experience.

2019 Top Achievements:

In May, the South Carolina Aquarium received the National Medal for Museum and Library Service, the nation’s highest honor presented by the Institute for Museum and Library Services to institutions that make significant and exceptional contributions to their communities. The Aquarium is only the third South Carolina institution to receive this recognition and the sixth aquarium. 

2020 Goals:

In 2020, the Aquarium will launch a five-year strategic vision that outlines plans for the Aquarium’s programming to animate new spaces, broaden our conservation messaging and impact and increase accessibility to critical environmental science programming to more students of all ages. Sponsorship in 2020 will be applied to one of our STEM education programs or to the growth of our research and fieldwork initiatives, paving the way for preservation in action.

Fundraising events:

Sea Life by Starlight:

December 7, 2019 at the South Carolina Aquarium. Annual holiday party and silent auction to benefit the Sea Turtle Care Center. Sponsorship opportunities available.

2020 Conservation Gala:

May 16, 2020 at the South Carolina Aquarium and Liberty Square. Annual dinner program to present the Environmental Stewardship Award, and recognize local contributions to conservation and environmental education. Proceeds benefit the Aquarium’s conservation programs. Sponsorship opportunities available.

2020 Turtle Trek 5K:

End of September 2020 (date to be determined) at Isle of Palms County Park. Annual family-friendly 5k beach run and after-party to benefit the Sea Turtle Care Center. Sponsorship opportunities available.  

Corporate giving opportunities:

The Aquarium offers many corporate giving opportunities, from special event and exhibit sponsorships that provide robust brand visibility and employee engagement, to investments in programmatic offerings and effective conservation initiatives that generate a meaningful impact in our community. Additionally, the Aquarium offers membership to our Corporate Circle starting at $1,500 per year. Membership includes a unique slate of annual benefits and opportunities tailored for each partner. To discuss corporate giving opportunities, please contact Chloe Garrison, Corporate and Foundation Relations Officer.


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